Peach State says:  How Not to Clean House



Just a few weeks from now my father-in-law will be visiting… Yeah I know… This is

                                “How To Not Clean House!”

Hubby wanted to re-paint and then his concept got a bit larger than just painting.  Crown moulding and archways have been added.



This is how it looked before…I will post finished pics later.  “After the painting is complete!”

My walls look like the house has a spotted disease from a Dr. Seuss book.



The painters will arrive bright and early ( translation…not a moment to soon! ) tomorrow morning.  By lunch I should have some progress to show you.  We are re-painting the family room, kitchen, hallway and Master bedroom and bath.  I can’t wait for this to be over…so that I can start cleaning for the visit!

I better buy more COFFEE I have a feeling I am going to need it!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says:  That’s All I Have to Say About That!



Yep…“That’s All I Have to Say About That!”

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State 

Peach State says: SNOWDAY 2015



OOO…Ahh!

                                                                “SNOWDAY 2015″


Of course the view has been disturbed by my youngest who is, YES, out of school!

Now to find a face for “Baby Olaf”!


“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: A Graceful Lady Passes

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The day had finally arrived.
We had all expected the news…yet who really wants to hear the words. “Mema passed away this morning.”
These words are still ringing vividly after almost two weeks. Let me just say…

“A Graceful Lady Passes!”

A sweet gathering of friends and family remembered Mema in the quietly spoken words and gentle hugs. Memories flooded the small chapel as her beautiful reminder lay quiet. “Funerals are not one of my strong suits!”
The minister had asked for memories from the grandchildren and great-grands. Funny thing is…the words were all the same. He spoke with me before the service and asked if was the author of a certain memory. I smiled and said yes…Here are the words.

“Just a few words or brief memory…impossible! This is the best I can do.
Butterscotch ( buttered rum) Lifesavers, Juicy Fruit gum, Clove gum, 7-up and grape juice, Welch’s Grape Juice, taffy pulls, coloring, fluffy comforters, her grace and elegance, dress-up like a princess, etiquette lessons, crossing legs at the ankles, using correct grammar, life lessons and shared wisdom, simple made special, fresh tomato sandwiches, tuna sandwiches and tomato soup, We don’t play with the buzzer, the joys of conversation, walks on the beach, choosing a good book, the preparing of a tray and successfully carrying it to the sun parlor, and the importance of a good cup of coffee.
Mema impacted my life and will continue to impact my life with everything she taught me. I love you Mema!”

It has been difficult to walk through my home and not think of Mema…
I run my hand on the back of the four chairs that used to occupy her home. These memory filled reminders tug at my heart with lessons and laughter from the past. Even now, as I sit out on my screened-porch, I find a smile on my face as I recall the conversations we had over morning coffee. The calming appreciation of the scampering squirrels chasing each other through the trees and crunchy ground cover as well as the gentle breeze stirring the tall slender trunks of leafless branches were just one of the valuable lessons she passed on to those who would take the time to listen. “I listened!”
“Of course…I need more coffee to truly experience this memory…Be Right Back!”

Well that’s better! Granted she wasn’t an espresso drinker!

There was a picture at the service of Mema sitting in the white chair that now sits in my foyer/dinning room. I, sadly, do not have that photo but will be inquiring about it!

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The little pink “Princess Chair” sits in my room and has been used quite a bit. “I put my shoes and socks on while sitting in this delicate chair.”

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So with a tearful eye and enriched heart I cast a “royal like wave”, as only she would wave, up to heaven to let her know she may be gone but in no way forgotten.

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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Peach State says: Halfway Through the Holidays…I Need a Nap!

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With house full, well sort of, of Holiday Spirit and overflowing with used Kleenex, antibiotics, the companion “Quils” and Halls lozenges we want to say Merry Christmas from our house to yours.

It has been a busy month and a half and once again my military son flew home. Our son who lives 2 hours away came home to join in the festivities. I, sadly, find myself longing for routine. Any routine…I’m not picky! With everything, surrounding the move, hitting at about the same time we have not been able to settle in to a routine. Man oh man…We are only “Halfway Through the Holidays…I Need a Nap!”

Just a few more days of the Christmas decorations before they disappear for another year. And we usher in another year…

So…if I don’t make it back before New Years…”Happy New Year!!!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Holiday Rush…The Complaint Department is Open!

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Sadly the only running-around-like-a-chicken-with-my-head-cut-off I have been involved in has been move related. My calendar is overflowing as the appointments and deadlines overlap and blur!

Holiday Rush…The Complaint Department is Open!

The holidays have begun and left me in the dust! Thanksgiving caught me by surprise for the first time this year. I have never been so out of control…BUT…the food was delicious! “Or so I was told!” The Christmas decorations were put up, in a minimal way, giving the new home its first taste of the Christmas Season!

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I have only bought one present…”Can your believe it?
Me…the organized pre-Christmas Rush shopper! I might as well be married to the Grinch. “Oh wait…I am!” (No…I am serious!). Today, for instance, the alarm company is, once again, coming out to work on the alarm system. Hopefully he will be done in time for me to race over to the school, at 1:40, and check out our youngest who has two appointments an hour away. We should get home about 6:45 ish. He can then start on his homework while I quickly prepare the remnants of dinner before hubby gets home about 7:10.

“There does not seem to be enough time in my day to do anything of my choosing…much less Christmas shopping!”

Now add in the extra practices for the Christmas programs…Yep, multiple!
( one on the 14th and the other on Christmas Eve) Hubby has over-ruled several practices due to the move and our out of town guests. But the upcoming practices…kinda gotta go to them. The one this Sunday and the performance Sunday I will have to stay over close to the church. So…I will have to have everything with me to get me through the whole day. I will more than likely camp out in the parking lot or….(shhh!) hide out in the bathroom until everyone is gone…Nope! They set the alarm after everyone is gone! Parking lot it is…

With all of the extra running, to and fro, with these errands an hour away I have to creatively conserve gas. Money is short this month due to the move and some of my money did not make the address change time limit. Maybe that is another reason for the lack of needing to shop.

Deadlines…there are just too many deadlines. Oh…and now there is a small wedding to plan, I think, shortly after my military son gets home in December. “I need a moment to break down…scream…pull my hair out.”
“Does anyone have a pill I can borrow?” Can’t seem to fit in a trip to the doctor about this…he is too far away anyway…and I don’t have the money to pay! (Vicious circle…vicious circle!)

So what have I learned from this rant? I have learned I need to move a few things to make room for a few more. I have learned I better go shopping before our youngest gets out of school the 19th. I have learned I better plan my wardrobe wisely, before heading to church, to lessen my needed items to pack… “I am tired just thinking about it!” Maybe I will just buy a gift card for the three older sons and some COAL clothes, a basketball and a book for the youngest. (Suddenly I am giddy!) If that is all I have to buy I can do it tomorrow!

DANCE OF JOY!

Sorry! I lost my head for a moment! The dryer just beckoned…so I am off to continue my menial but, needed chores.

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Do A Little Thanksgiving Dance

The menu is prepared and casseroles prepared. Only one question this year…”Mom, how many pumpkin pies are you making?” So back to the store for more ingredients so my military son can have his pumpkin pie!

This dance is contagious! Happy Thanksgiving and don’t forget to Do A Little Thanksgiving Dance!

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“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: It’s Monday…HELLO!

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My hubby and #2 son ventured out early yesterday, to the old house, in hopes of completing this never-ending-just-take-it-to-Goodwill-move! I got home from church and did a few things including starting the laundry…Switch the loads and started dinner…

LONG STORY SHORT…
I was almost ready to make the almost hour long trek to church, for the Ordination of a very dear friend, when the washer decided to ding! This was not the usual ding but a distinct Hey-this-is-your-washer-and-I-have-stopped-working! Hubby said he would look at it and sent in #2 son who, in turn, told the youngest to climb up on the washer and see it there was a kink in the hose. Nope! Hubby said “I will take care of it later!”

Fast-forward to this morning…”Honey, you will need to look up the problem online and see it the washer can be fixed…if not you will need to call a plumber!” ( insert giggle) “Uh, I think it would be best to call an Appliance Repair guy!” Hubby shook his head in agreement. “Here are my dirty clothes…and can you take the dry cleaning, work on the boxes in the basement!…oh and what are you planning on for dinner?”

It’s Monday…HELLO!

I know what I need to do…and it all starts with…COFFEE!

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Time to get to work…oh, and get dressed just in case the appliance repair company I called can come out today!

“May your cup runneth over with Joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Peach State

Peach State says: Roller-coaster Day!

Yesterday was my first day, since being in our new home, with no installs or repairs scheduled. Where to start? My bedroom…time to sort through those boxes and put things where they belonged. The task was clicking along with occasional texts with friends thrown into the chore. I reached a stopping point and sat for a moment. A friend texted me with two simple words…”Call Me!” I did as I was asked and called…she answered in a tone no one likes to hear. The news was sudden but expected. A friend of ours and member of our church had been suffering with Pancreatic Cancer and went home yesterday…to heaven! After a few stunned moments and quiet conversation the call ended and I began the notification of those who would want to know. A little while later I was contacted to get the meal organized…via e-mail…for the family after the funeral. All I was really thinking was how I was going to deliver this news to my youngest son…the thought of losing a friend and youth director had already hit him hard and this….this would shake him to the core.

SKIP TO LAST NIGHT…

Hubby calls that he is on his way home…30 minutes early. I told him dinner was in the oven and would be ready in about 10 minutes. He told me he had the tile-cutter he had loaned to a friend and would need some help getting out of the car. I watched as he pulled down the street and opened the garage door. Then being the good wife, that I am, I sent the youngest out to help! A blink of an eye later my youngest steps back into the garage and says “Daddy needs your help!” I walk through the garage and out to the truck…open the front door and hear…”it’s in the back”. I open the back door and do not see a tile-cutter…

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My son is home for Veteran’s Day! He had traveled from his Army Base yesterday morning and hubby had secretly picked him up at the airport yesterday afternoon. He had been in town most of the day!
I closed the door and looked at my hubby…I opened the door and my son stepped out…I grabbed my son and held on tight!

“Yes I cried…again!” I told you it was a Roller-coaster Day!

“May your cup runneth over with joy, love and laughter oh, and really fabulous coffee!”

Remember the reason for Veteran’s Day and thank them for their service!

Peach State

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